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Meyer to speak on art collecting Saturday, Aug. 4

DASSEL, MN – “Collection Reflections” is the topic for Kurt Meyer’s presentation at the Dassel History Center Saturday, Aug. 4, 10 a.m. Kurt and his wife Paula, who split their time between Edina and St. Ansgar, IA, have been collecting art for approximately 30 years.

An exhibit from Meyer’s collection is on display at the history center through Saturday, Aug. 25, entitled Vessel and Vases; Bouquets and Botanicals. It was installed to be part of the annual Dassel Flower Show, which has the same theme this year.

Free new publication connects senior citizens

WRIGHT, CARVER, McLEOD, MEEKER COUNTIES, MN – The first issue of “Senior Connections” was printed last week, featuring an assortment of stories about local people.

The publication is distributed free at newsstands and targeted locations in the west metro area, from Chaska to Kimball, Rockford to Hutchinson.

The full version is also online at The website includes an email sign-up, for those who would like to be notified when the next issue is available.

The paper will be published monthly through Herald Journal Publishing. Stories may occasionally appear in both the newspapers and “Senior Connections” when appropriate.

To submit an idea for “Senior Connections,” email

For information about advertising opportunities, call 320-485-2535.

Who’s in the first issue

A few people featured in the August “Senior Connections” include:

• Marnie Glessing of Howard Lake, who went from teaching elementary students in her career to coordinating activities for senior citizens in Dassel.

• Twins George and Genevieve “Jean” Schaust of Delano, who recall growing up in the 1930s.

• Donald Becker of Kimball, who has raised and trained hundreds of horses in his 91 years of life.

• Audrey Litzau of Lester Prairie, who has spent many years volunteering in her community.

• Cathy Stifter of Mayer, who recently retired after 50 years of being a local newspaper columnist.

• Chuck Thiel of Lester Prairie, who organizes group day tours to places like the Minnesota State Fair.

• Evelyn and Jim Fowler of Winsted, who will be leading a series of cooking classes starting Thursday, Aug. 9 for people age 55 and older.

• Dale Kovar of Mayer, who has taken up running in his 50s.

Local highways to be closed Aug. 20-23

WRIGHT COUNTY, MN – The following highway closures will take place Monday, Aug. 20 through Thursday, Aug. 23  in the local area.

Beginning Monday, Aug. 20, shortly after 7 a.m., 5,300 feet of road on CSAH 31 south of Cokato and west of CSAH 3 will be closed for a cattle pass removal.  A detour will not be posted; alternate routes are advised.  The closure will end about 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, weather permitting.

In addition, approximately 2,050 feet north of CSAH 44 and 20 feet north of Division Street on County Road 120 will be closed  for replacement of culverts. The closure will begin shortly after 7 a.m. Monday, Aug. 23; and end about 5 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 23, weather permitting. A detour will not be posted; drivers are asked to use alternate routes.

Questions or comments regarding these projects can be directed to Wright County Highway Department Maintenance Superintendent Steve Meyer at, or 763-682-7374. Business hours are Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Updates to the contract can be found at

Summer music jam at Dassel History Center July 30

DASSEL, MN – One of the summer music jams at the Dassel History Center will take place Monday, July 30, 7 p.m. at the Dassel History Center. Participants can bring their voices, guitars, fiddles, or other instruments and join the fun. All music styles and spectators welcome. Bring chord sheets if available.

Jams will be the fourth Monday through the summer. Contact the history center for information, 320-275-3077 or

Ice cream social with Corn Carnival royalty Aug. 1

COKATO, MN – The Cokato Corn Carnival Royalty and candidates will be hosting an Ice cream social Wednesday, Aug. 1 from 4 to 6 p.m. at Unity Park in downtown Cokato. The public is welcome to enjoy ice cream and visit with the royalty and candidates.

Teen hurt in Meeker County crash

MEEKER COUNTY, MN – One person was injured in a two-vehicle crash in Danielson Township Tuesday evening, according to a press release from the Meeker County Sheriff’s Office.

The sheriff’s office reported that Thomas Huisman, 29, of rural Atwater, was driving a 2003 Ford F350 east on 210th Street at about 6:53 p.m. when he struck a 2000 Chevy Cavalier that was traveling north on 545th Avenue.

The driver of the Cavalier, 17-year-old Justin Voss of Grove City, was airlifted to Hennepin County Medical Center (HCMC) by Life Link III helicopter with non-life threatening injuries, the report noted.

Huisman was not injured. Gold Cross Ambulance and Grove City Rescue assisted on scene.